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Israeli forces detain 31 Palestinians in overnight raids

March 10, 2016 10:05 A.M. (Updated: March 11, 2016 6:06 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 31 Palestinian during raids in the occupied West Bank overnight Wednesday, local and Israeli sources told Ma'an.

An Israeli army spokesperson said Israeli forces detained 14 Palestinians in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya during night raids in the district.

At least six of those detained were relatives of 22-year-old Bashar Masalha, who was shot dead on Tuesday after he stabbed and killed an American tourist and injured at least nine other Israelis in a string of attacks near the coastal Israeli city of Jaffa.

Israeli forces blockaded Masalha's hometown of Hajja on Tuesday, where residents have seen frequent raids and clashes due to Israel's military presence in the village.

An Israeli army spokesperson said four Palestinians were detained in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

Locals identified three of the detainees as Salah Omar al-Jawhari, Ahmad Issam Faqih and Asem Fathi Faqih.

In the northern Jenin District, Israeli forces raided the villages of Qabatiya and al-Araqa, detaining six.

Three of those detained in Qabatiya were identified as Muhammad Jamal Hanaysheh, Muhammad Omar Sabaaneh and Muhammad Alawneh.

In the village of al-Araqa, Israeli forces detained a man identified as Akrama Abdullah Nayif.

In the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, another six were detained, an Israeli army spokesperson said.

Locals identified five of the detainees as Yaqoub al-Zaarir, Muhammad Hussein Abu Hadid, Nasr Hussein Abu Hadid, Hajj Abu Maher al-Badawi and Khalid al-Jundi.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed one detention in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Locals identified the detainee as 17-year-old Muhammad Omar Nakhleh from al-Jalazun refugee camp.

In the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, locals said Israeli forces detained a Palestinian identified as Youssef Naim Ghneim. One detention in the district was confirmed by an Israeli army spokesperson.

According to prisoners' rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons and up to 40 percent of the male population has been detained at some point in their lives.

Israel has come under heavy criticism in the past for its use of arbitrary detention among Palestinians living under military occupation, in contravention of international law.

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